Specialised Speech Services
PO Box 262 Stratford, QLD 4870

Gail’s passionate interest in working in the area of communication & swallowing disorders developed after working as Speech and Language Pathologist with many different clientele in various parts of the world. Following her graduation from La Trobe University in Melbourne she worked in the areas of early intervention, adult neurology and learning difficulties of all ages. Her clinical work also took her on many exciting learning travelling experiences in the UK, Canada, Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane.

Gail now thoroughly enjoys directing & consulting with the Specialised Speech Services team and Vocal Boot Camps with a variety of Health Professionals and Corporate Business personnel with similar philosophies ; to promote client’s communication, swallowing & vocal skills and to see positive outcomes when applied to their everyday lives.

WE HAVE SPECIAL INTERESTS IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS WHICH MAY ASSIST YOU:

COMMUNICATION & SWALLOWING

We specialise in many areas to improve your communication and swallowing skills using preventative techniques to minimise the risk of developing issues eg. fluency therapy techniques if you would like to manage your speech dysfluency better or rehabilitation & compensation techniques to help you eat & drink safely with enjoyment.

VOICE

Statistics show that professional voice users maybe like yourself are in the 60% range of developing a vocal issue & that prevention is simple!

preventative techniques to minimise the risk of developing issues with your voice eg. nodules on your vocal cords
increase your ability to project your voice over a noisy audience
if you would like to improve the quality, pitch and tone of your voice
BUSINESS COMMUNICATION
business communication coaching by facilitating your awareness of & ways to improve your communication skills including effective use of your voice during your promotional, marketing, sales and public speaking events.
ACQUIRED BRAIN INJURY (ABI)
re-training your communication and swallowing skills if you have an acquired brain injury
MENTAL HEALTH
working with you to improve your communication, voice & swallowing challenges influenced by your mental health
ACCENT REDUCTION
reducing your accent which interferes with people understanding your verbal speech production eg. when English is your Second Language (ESL)

Specialised Speech Services Website
0412 906 241
James Cook University – AccessAbility

If you are studying with a documented disability, injury, illness, short or long-term health condition, including learning disabilities and mental health conditions, you can register with us.

AccessAbility Services is a free and confidential support service for all registered JCU students, whether studying on or off campus, who identify as having a short or long term disability, injury, ilness or health condition.

We provide information and practical advice about the support available at JCU and ensure access to appropriate adjustments and services:

Explore the ways you can work to your full potential while at university
Access assistive equipment, technology and software, adjusted exam conditions, mobility aids and other potential solutions that suit your needs
Trial assistive options and adjustments that you might not be able to access otherwise
Develop work-placement strategies to prepare you for professional life
Build on your own resilience and resourcefulness
We have strong connections with academic, professional and support staff at JCU and within the wider community.

0742321150
Flexi Choice
130 Mason St Mareeba

Getting Ready for NDIS? We can help you.

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will roll out in Far North Queensland in July 2018.
NDIS is a new way of providing disability support and will give people more choice and control. FlexiChoice is helping people understand and get ready for NDIS.

Because we are all unique with different circumstances and different objectives in mind, we require a personal plan which reflects our individual needs.
Its time to think about your future, your personal goals and what support you require to achieve these. What's going to work best for you?

FlexiChoice can assist you to prepare for your NDIS assessment by identifying your needs, goals and what’s going to be important for you in the future.

Call 4092 2332 to organise a chat to ensure the best outcomes for your future under NDIS.

Flexi Choice Website
(07) 4092 2332
Yes
Epic Assist
88 Abbott St, Cairns City QLD 4870

For over 25 years EPIC Assist has been making a positive difference to the lives of people who are disadvantaged or marginalised. We are passionate about workplace diversity, creating disability confidence, removing barriers and assisting jobseekers and employers. EPIC Assist’s services include disability employment, training and education, business services and preparation for the NDIS.

http://www.epicassist.org
0740311444
Deaf Services QLD
37 Pease St, Manoora QLD 4870

Deaf Services Queensland is the prominent service provider for Deaf and hard of hearing community members across all ages in Queensland with a focus on community and empowerment.

Deaf Services QLD website
(07) 4032 3033
Skill360
1 Wilkinson St, Manunda QLD 4870

Skill360 Australia Apprenticeship Services is an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network provider contracted by the Australian Government to provide free advice and assistance to businesses and individuals about apprenticeships and traineeships.

As well as providing information on apprenticeships and how they work, we can help with all the legal paperwork and administration of incentive payments to employers and personal benefits to apprentices.

http://www.skill360.com.au
1300 933358
My Future: My Life
1/50 Cleveland Street, Stones Corner 4120

My Future: My Life is a ground-breaking initiative that encourages and supports Queensland secondary students with a disability to prepare and plan for life after school.

Since it commenced in 2012 My Future: My Life has continued to develop and now offers a range of options that encourage Queensland secondary school students with a disability (and those that support them) to focus on what they can do, what they want to do and to imagine and pursue a full, rich and inclusive young adult life after school.

Funded by the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services the My Future: My Life initiative operates in collaboration with the Department of Education, Training and Employment (DETE) and in partnership with Independent Schools Queensland (ISQ) and the Queensland Catholic Education Commission (QCEC).

Learn More on our website.

My Future My Life website
1300 697 526
Lifestyle Connections Association INC.
113-115 Aumuller Street
Bungalow, Qld 4870, Australia

Lifestyle Connections Association Incorporated is a family governed not for profit organisation. We assist people with a disability in the Cairns Area to plan what support they need to live an ordinary life within their community. We employ support people to assist individuals on a one to one basis to participate in their chosen recreation, leisure and lifestyle activities in generic community settings.

Lifestyle Connections Website
07 4035 6771
MEGT
Unit 1, 220 Severin Street, Cairns QLD 487

Apprenticeship Network Provider, Group Training, Indigenous Apprentice and Trainee Network, Recruitment and Management Services

http://www.megt.com.au/contact-us/
07 4032 9888
Cairns Parents Advocacy for Arrowsmith Program
The Arrowsmith Program is based on neuroscience research demonstrating that it is possible to address learning difficulties by identifying and strengthening weak cognitive capacities.
Cairns Parents Advocacy for the Arrowsmith Program are a group of parents working toward this program opening in Cairns. We would like the program to be available to school children, young adults and anyone wishing to improve their cognitive weaknesses.

The goal of the Arrowsmith Program is to help participants strengthen the weak cognitive capacities underlying their learning dysfunctions and to enable them to become effective, confident and self-directed learners for life.
It is a Cognitive Therapy Program that does not teach content, but changes the participant’s capacity to learn so that they can understand, absorb, retain, process and use the content. This lays the foundation for learning by strengthening critical cognitive functions necessary for meaningful participation in society. It enables those participating to experience life with strengthened cognitive function and to succeed where before they struggled and often failed.
The program is open for use within a school curriculum or as a stand alone course for those beyond those early years.

Kim 0439731593 Nikola 0437937930
No
Worklink Employment Support Group
209 Lyons St, Westcourt QLD 4870

Worklink Employment Support Group Inc. (Worklink) is a diverse organisation that provides employment assistance, rehabilitation and training.

Worklink is a non-profit organisation, funded by the Australian Government, and administered by a voluntary board. Founded in 1996 with a staff of two, Worklink has now grown to over 60 employees, reflecting the ever increasing need for our services in Cairns.

Worklink’s head office is in Cairns and covers the entire Cairns region; south to Cardwell, north to Mossman, west to Atherton and east to Yarrabah.

Worklink Website
(07) 4031 0877
EnVizion Group Inc
72 McLeod Street
Cairns Queensland 4870

enVizion Group is a training provider, specialising in the delivery of Pre-employment, Life skills, Mentor training and engagement and a deliverer of RTO certified relevant courses and customised in-house or on-site training programs.

enVizion Group are committed to fulfil a need for better access to education and employment with a focus on the organisation’s return on investment (ROI) from their training dollar.

enVizion Group’s focus is to meet and exceed client requirements and to be at the forefront of what is on offer locally and nationally. Our clients can feel confident that they are being provided with leading solutions to meet their requirements now and into the future through enVizion Group’s commitment and experience.

enVizion’s programs and strategies break the generational unemployment cycle that face our community today. We believe that employability is the key to empowering our people to eliminate disparity and have longer, healthier lives.

EnVizion website
07 4031 2177
Anti Discrimination Commission QLD
McLeod Chambers
78 Spence Street (cnr McLeod Street)
Cairns

The Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland is an independent statutory body established under the Queensland Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 (the Act). The head office is in Brisbane, and regional offices located in Cairns, Townsville and Rockhampton.

We deliver frontline services to the Queensland community, including businesses, state and local government, the community sector and people throughout the state.

The Commission's services include:

resolving complaints received under the Act;
delivering training to business, government and the community; and
promoting public discussion on human rights.

ADCQ Website
1300 130 670
Breakthru
4/1 Jack Street, Atherton, QLD 4883

Being able to create your future your way.

breakthru is a national not-for-profit organisation committed to empowering people to create their own futures. Through the provision of high-quality person-centric programs, we enable thousands of people every year to address mental health, employment, disability, homelessness, and training needs.

breakthru operates on the premise that everyone’s needs, preferences, and aspirations are different. Our commitment to client choice and family inclusion is well demonstrated through our individualised services and person-centered principles.

With over 20 years of demonstrated service to the community, breakthru supports both people who have transitioned to the NDIS and those who are awaiting transition in their area. As a nationally registered NDIS provider, breakthru can support you to access a range of supports, including NDIS.

In addition, we also recognise that sometimes to get the best job, you need to upskill yourself through additional learning or training, as a registered Training Organisation our team at breakthru can also deliver exceptional training across the East Coast of Australia.

We are proud to claim the title of social visionaries and we are committed to opportunity and advancement for all Australians and all our work underpins this ethos.

 

http://breakthru.org.au/
0407 594 080
Yes
Apprenticeship Support Australia
Suite 7, 330 Sheridan Street Cairns QLD 4870

Apprenticeship Support Australia is an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) provider contracted by the Australian Government to provide free advice and assistance to businesses and individuals about apprenticeships and traineeships.

We assist with the government registration documents, administration of incentive payments as well assisting organisations with all support needs including recruitment support and providing ongoing mentoring and pastoral care after signup.
Our business looks to provide a holistic approach to apprenticeships and traineeships needs.

http://www.apprenticeshipsupport.com.au
National Disability Coordination Officer, North QLD
210 Ross River Road, Aitkenvale, QLD 4814

The National Disability Coordination Officer program works toward the Australia-wide coordination and delivery of support services for people with disabilities that are, or will be attending, university, TAFE or other training organisations.

National Disability Coordination Officers will work to build links between the education, training and employment sectors, so that people with a disability have assistance at all levels.

The NDCO program aims to:
Improve transitions for people with a disability from their school or community into post-school education, training and subsequent employment
Increase participation by people with a disability in higher education, vocational education and training and employment
Establish better links between schools, universities, TAFE colleges, training providers, employment services, employers and disability service providers so that they can work together to provide the best possible assistance for people with a disability.

Your North QLD NDCO is: David Swayn - 0488794483

http://www.ndco.stepscs.net.au/
0488794483
Endeavour Foundation
52 Aumuller Street
Portsmith QLD 4870

Endeavour Foundation is a not-for-profit charity headquartered in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. It is one of the largest disability service providers in Australia, employing over 1800 staff and supported by 1200 volunteers.

The organisation was established in Queensland in 1951 to support children with an intellectual disability. Endeavour Foundation now supports over 4,000 people with a disability across Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria to live active and fulfilling lives at home, to find employment compatible with their abilities and to engage more broadly within the community.

Endeavour Foundation continues to advocate, innovate and push the boundaries for its customers, encouraging them to live their lives to the full and working closely with them to help make their possibilities a reality.

Endeavour Website
1800 363 328
Rights In Action
Ground floor
Professional House
88 Abbott Street, Cairns

Rights in Action is a non-profit, community based organisation that provides strong independent advocacy for people with disabilities who are in vulnerable situations.

We are completely on the side of the person with a disability and will support them where needed.

Rights in Action strongly supports people where we believe an individual has been taken advantage of or their rights have been infringed upon because of their disability.

Rights in Action provides advocacy assistance to people with disabilities who live in Cairns, Yarrabah, Mareeba and Atherton.

Rights In Action website
07 4031 7377
Advanced Personnel Management

APM is the largest private DSS contracted provider of Disability Employment Services. Services are delivered nationally from more than 300 locations.

http://www.apm.net.au/
07 4031 7240
No
Early Intervention Services – Autism Qld
15 – 17 Marr Street, Edmonton QLD 4869

Autism Queensland offers a range of early intervention services for children under the age of seven diagnosed with an ASD including centre-based group programs, outreach services, family support and small group short-term programs. Members of our transdisciplinary EarlyAQtion team deliver these services to young children and their families living in Cairns, Atherton, Innisfail, Weipa and surrounding areas. This team includes teachers, speech pathologist, occupational therapist, psychologist and teacher aides.

https://autismqld.com.au/page/home
0740346600
ARC Disability Services INC.
92 Little St. Manunda 4870
PO Box 942N North Cairns QLD 4870

ARC Disability Services Inc. is a community based organisation with a long history in the Cairns and Far North, supporting children and adults who have a disability their families and support networks. Established in 1976 by a group of parents with a vision for their children, we pride ourselves on being person focused, friendly, flexible and fun!

Our Vision is that people who have a disability are empowered to reach their full potential, dreams, and aspirations, enabling them to enjoy a fulfilling life of their choosing as valued members of the community.

We work collaboratively with our service users, their support networks, and the community, to facilitate a range of options and opportunities which promote active participation for all.

ARC Website
(07) 4046 3600
Yes
TAFE North
Gatton, Newton, Eureka and Wilkinson Streets, Manunda QLD 4870

The Disability Services Officer assists students with a disability to achieve their training and education goals. The Disability Services Officer can:
* Provide information on course content * Help you identify support needs * Negotiate with teachers about your program * Provide adaptive equipment * Discuss reasonable adjustments for long and short term disabilities * Assist you to contact other service providers

Who can access Disability Services? Contact TAFE Queensland North's Disability Officer if you think your studies may be affected in some way by a disability or chronic medical condition such as:
* Hearing impairment * Vision impairment * Mobility (wheelchair user, chronic pain, amputee, back injury, severe arthritis) * Psychiatric disability Medical conditions (asthma, epilepsy, diabetes, heart conditions) * Intellectual disability * Learning disability

07 4042 2380
Steps Group Australia – Education & Training, Cairns
Orchid Plaza Shopping Centre, 58 Lake St, Cairns City QLD 4870

We combine our passion for quality service and training to give you the best opportunities possible. At STEPS, we’re committed to helping individuals develop new work skills and knowledge to gain better employment outcomes.

http://www.stepsgroup.com.au/
0740345400